Scared dog rescued from Prince Albert, Sask., train bridge

A husky dog in Prince Albert, Sask., appeared to get cold feet crossing a dangerous train bridge — but then firefighters came to the rescue.
Baby Girl the husky was calm as Prince Albert firefighters lifted her off the train bridge. (Prince Albert Fire Department/Facebook)

A husky dog in Prince Albert, Sask., appeared to get cold feet crossing a dangerous train bridge — but then firefighters came to the rescue.

It happened at the railway bridge across the North Saskatchewan River.

The husky, Baby Girl, was found about halfway across the narrow bridge. It wasn't known if the dog had ventured out on its own or with its owner. However, at the halfway point the dog became frightened and refused to go any further, the Prince Albert Fire Department said.

The fire department was called and a crew placed the dog in a basket. Then they carried her out. 

"We think he got out there and once he realized where he was, you know, there's a little bit of space between the ties, and he just got frightened, laid down and didn't want to move," said deputy fire chief Corey Rodgers.

The fire department said the railway bridge is not designed for foot traffic and it's extremely dangerous to use it for that purpose.

Instead, they say, people on foot should use the Diefenbaker Bridge, which has a sidewalk and is right beside the train bridge.

The train bridge, seen here in the summer, is not designed for foot traffic and is dangerous for people and dogs, the Prince Albert Fire Department says. (Google Street View)

The photo of the firefighters carrying out the dogs was posted on the fire department's Facebook page, where it attracted dozens of comments.

Some thought the owner of the dog should be charged for the city's expense, while a few expressed the thought it was a waste of the department's time.

However, many praised the crew.

"High five for the P.A. fire department," Tanis Huffman wrote. "Thank you for making every call important."


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